Category Archives: A Music Piece a Week

Music 371-382: Twelve Preludes in Search of a Key

Hi – you don’t have to like these (you already know I have an inferiority complex when it comes to music) but I like them anyway – and you don’t have to. Probably my favourite thing I’ve created – at least for today.

It all began with Prelude 2, which came to me in a dream and I lay awake for the rest of the night scared I would forget how it went!

In my dream I played it on a piano in a pub, and everyone left! Have a listen to see why!

Prelude 1 (starting on the note C) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 2 (starting on the note Db) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 3 (starting on the note D) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 4 (starting on the note Eb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 5 (starting on the note E) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 6 (starting on the note F) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 7 (starting on the note Gb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 8 (starting on the note G) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 9 (starting on the note Ab) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 10 (starting on the note A) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 11 (starting on the note Bb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Prelude 12 (starting on the note B) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Music 368-370: Three Short Serial Piano Pieces

There are three new piano pieces HERE at this link. It will take you to another page with links to my compositions of 2021 – including the new piano pieces. Go there if you dare!

Some people like to know how some things are made, so for them these three pieces are based on the same grid made out of the same 12-tone row. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, it doesn’t matter. One doesn’t have to have the recipe of my fabulous rhubarb cheesecake to enjoy eating it.

To be even more obtuse, below is the grid from which the pieces are created. It is a composition “devise” created by Arnold Schoenberg and other composers in the mid-20th century. All 12 notes of the keyboard are played in a particular order and all are to be played before any note is repeated. Of course, these three pieces here “cheat” – who among us doesn’t break the rules when it comes to writing 12-tone serial music?

Thanks. Back to stories tomorrow.

Music 367: The annoying kingfisher outside my window

Today’s posting is a piece of music for piano called “The annoying kingfisher outside my window”. In all probability the New Zealand native Kingfisher is a distinct species and hence would have a different call from kingfishers of other varieties in other places.

If you listen to this piano piece you might get some idea of the “untunefulness” of the New Zealand Kingfisher which I hear repeated ALL DAY!

This LINK HERE will take you to another page with links to my compositions of 2021 – including the new Kingfisher piece. Go there if you dare!

Tomorrow’s posting (Valentine’s) will be not a true story of love but a story of true love!

2027. It was the Rainbow gave thee birth

This is a personal reflection which could be construed as a story. Outside my window, especially in the early mornings, there are usually two or three kingfishers sitting on the fence looking down into the long grass. Suddenly one of them will swoop down, gather something, and return to the fence. Presumably they are looking for insects or lizards or worms or whatever.

I like them. At primary school we were given a poem to learn off by heart by William Henry Davies called The Kingfisher:

 It was the Rainbow gave thee birth, 
 And left thee all her lovely hues; 
 And, as her mother’s name was Tears, 
 So runs it in thy blood to choose 
 For haunts the lonely pools, and keep 
 In company with trees that weep. 

In all my years I have always wanted to find a kingfisher’s nest and never have. They peck a tunnel/cave into a dirt bank and raise a family in there. The local farmer said that at the back of his farm there is a bank where the kingfishers have their nests. And then…

Just out my window, on a clay bank, a pair of kingfishers pecked a hole! They dug a cave and presumably laid some eggs. I didn’t like to go too near lest a disturbance drove them away. Things settled down. I rarely saw the pair but could hear them calling all the time with their repetitive call. Meanwhile the bank below the hole was collecting more and more poo.

That’s all there is to see. No sight of babies, but poo poo poo.

A hole in a bank, repetitive calls, and poo poo poo. I’ve always been a bit of a romantic.

Music Compositions 2021

Here are Music Compositions of 2021

  • 11 January – Whimsy 1 – for piano (1’24”) – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 11 January – Whimsy 2 – for piano (1’24”) – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 13 February – The annoying kingfisher outside my window – for piano – audio HERE and the pdf HERE.
  • 2 March – Three piano pieces based on the same serial 12-tone row:
    • Piece 1 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Piece 2 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Piece 3 – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
  • 26 March – Twelve Preludes in Search of a Key:
    • Prelude 1 (starting on the note C) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 2 (starting on the note Db) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 3 (starting on the note D) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 4 (starting on the note Eb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 5 (starting on the note E) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 6 (starting on the note F) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 7 (starting on the note Gb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 8 (starting on the note G) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 9 (starting on the note Ab) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 10 (starting on the note A) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 11 (starting on the note Bb) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.
    • Prelude 12 (starting on the note B) – audio HERE, sheet music HERE.

Music 364: Piano Sonata 4

Here is a sonata (3 movements) for the piano.

If you wish to contact me about performing it at Carnegie, or the NY Met, or the Royal Albert, or anywhere important then I can be contacted at bbgoodman@hotmail.com because contact@stagebarn.com seems to be dastardly erratic.

The picture is of a weta – they are the largest insects in the world apparently and are a type of cricket. They have nothing to do with this sonata, except there was one waiting to greet me at my front door when I ventured out this morning.

Click on a Movement title to listen to each:

1st Movement

2nd Movement

3rd Movement

Click on a Movement title to download the written music of each:

1st Movement

2nd Movement

3rd Movement

Smoko!

“Smoko” is the New Zealand-Australian term for taking a coffee/tea break at work (mid-morning, mid-afternoon). I’m taking a Smoko Break from posting daily on this blog for a while. There’s still plenty to read if you click on the Index Link at the top of the page!

I shall be pottering around. In the meantime, I wish everyone Season’s Greetings for which ever season you happen to be passing through!

Music 363: A Hitherto Missing Variation on a Haydn Minuet

Hi Everyone

I posted a piano sonata the other day and said it would probably be the last bit of music for the year. Not so! With this blog winding up in a couple of days (at least this stage of it) I’m having a tidy-up. So this little piano piece should be the last of the music. It really is me just being a bit silly.

The Haydn Minuet is from the second movement of a Haydn Piano Sonata in E minor (I’ve changed the key in this arrangement). And the variation uses a scale by the 20th century German/American composer Arnold Schoenberg. Some enterprising teacher might use it to illustrate some of the differences between music of the Classical era, and music of the mid-20th century.

It is quite short. Thanks.

Click HERE to listen to the music.

Click HERE to download the written music.

Music 362: Piano Sonata No. 3 in E minor

Hi Everyone

Here is a sonata (3 movements) for the piano. It will probably be the last bit of music for the year. The computer is playing them as my mic is broken – and besides, bits of the sonata are getting beyond my ability to play them.

I’m not expecting everyone to sit down for quarter of an hour to listen as they’re a bit arty-farty in places, but if you’re interested here it is! (Note: my autocorrect keeps changing “arty-farty” to “arty-party”.) It is called “Piano Sonata in E minor”; it starts in E minor but I quickly got distracted!

Thanks

Click on a title to listen to each of the three Movements:

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

Click on a title to download the written music of each of the three Movements:

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement